Ed Hohlbein brings a BFA from Central Michigan University, an MFA from the University of Georgia, a background in teaching, and 17 years of experience with nonprofit organizations prior to his work with Alexander Haas. In addition to working as a Database Administrator, Grant Researcher and Writer, Major Gifts Officer, and Executive Director, Ed has provided consulting and coaching on The Raiser’s Edge and other nonprofit systems to development teams nationwide. His multidisciplinary approach to nonprofit development and the systems that inform those development efforts has been described as the perfect blend of art and data and has helped organizations to collectively raise millions. In addition, his work as a university professor has impacted the lives of students throughout Georgia.
An entrepreneur at heart, in 2001 Ed founded Generate, Inc. to provide grant research, writing, and management services to small and medium sized nonprofits. Generate has since grown into a boutique consulting firm offering high-touch coaching and consulting on The Raiser’s Edge and other nonprofit systems to organizations of all sizes. Whether he is training an entire team on the essentials; coaching an executive or development director one-on-one; creating a prospect tracking system for major gift officers; or assisting with system administration, data entry, or data analysis, Ed emphasizes ingenuity and simplicity in all of his projects.
His client list is as diverse as his educational and professional background and includes, among others, Catholic Charities Atlanta, Atlanta; Hospital Corporation of America Hope Fund, Nashville; CURE Childhood Cancer, Atlanta; Spring Hill College, Mobile; and Melanoma Research Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Ed has enjoyed presenting at numerous conferences and seminars across the country. Some of his past presentations include:
- Increase ROI with the ABCs of RE, The 2011 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
- Be It Resolved that Raiser’s Edge Geeks Don’t Always Agree, The 2012 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
- RE Geeks: The Revenge, The 2013 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
- The Raiser’s Edge Geeks 3.0 Upgrade, The 2014 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits
- Individual Prospecting: Estimating your Future Donor’s Wealth and Potential for Philanthropy, Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Nonprofit University
- Data Management for Fundraising: Making Your Data Work, Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
He regularly facilitates the Creating a Development Plan, Creating a Development Infrastructure, Prospect Research and Program Evaluation sessions as part of the Certificate of Nonprofit Organization Management series for Nonprofit University at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.
Ed lives in Nashville, Tennessee – the best little big town anywhere around.